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Old 12-29-2008, 05:15 PM   #1
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california dirtbike registration

just moved to California from the east coast and looking to buy a dirtbike and was wondering about the red and green sticker reg. if the bike has a green sticker valid until 2010 do you need to register the bike to ride it or can you ride it until it runs out. any help would be great.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:20 PM   #2
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It would expire 12/31/2010.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:30 PM   #3
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get a plated dirt or dual sport bike....easier to resell. you'll soon find out there are a lot of places you can ride if you have a license plate.

don't get stuck in a sand box.

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Old 12-29-2008, 09:14 PM   #4
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I think when you transfer the title, it will take care of itself, meaning the green sticker will be transferred to your name and remain good until 2010. But like Joel said, you have MANY more options if you get a dual sport!
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Old 12-30-2008, 09:12 PM   #5
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get a plated dirt or dual sport bike....easier to resell. you'll soon find out there are a lot of places you can ride if you have a license plate.

don't get stuck in a sand box.

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Agreed. Skip the "sticker" bikes and get one with a plate. Doing so will open a whole new array of riding areas.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:16 AM   #6
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just moved to California from the east coast and looking to buy a dirtbike and was wondering about the red and green sticker reg. if the bike has a green sticker valid until 2010 do you need to register the bike to ride it or can you ride it until it runs out. any help would be great.
Some OHV parks check the registration along with the sticker, so you're better off if you register the bike. If I were to buy a dirt bike, I would register it immediately.

But I just bought a dual-sport, so no hassles with red or green stickers. And for the record, I dropped by the DMV to register it a few hours after I bought it.
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:16 PM   #7
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What can visitors from out of state do to be legal when riding off road in CA. Can I get a visitor sticker or something?
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Old 01-10-2009, 09:02 PM   #8
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What can visitors from out of state do to be legal when riding off road in CA. Can I get a visitor sticker or something?
Nonresident Permit: You will need to purchase a special Nonresident OHV Permit if you are not a California resident AND your off-highway vehicle or snowmobile is not registered in your home state. Your state's plate or sticker must be clearly visible on the vehicle.

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Old 01-10-2009, 11:47 PM   #9
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Nonresident Permit: You will need to purchase a special Nonresident OHV Permit if you are not a California resident AND your off-highway vehicle or snowmobile is not registered in your home state. Your state's plate or sticker must be clearly visible on the vehicle.

From here: BARF
Thanks Boney, that is very helpful. How and were does one go to get to a permit and what does it cost.

As I understand it, with a license plate I can go to the riding parks just like a local?
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:55 AM   #10
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Thanks Boney, that is very helpful. How and were does one go to get to a permit and what does it cost.

As I understand it, with a license plate I can go to the riding parks just like a local?
I beleive what that says is "you have to get a sticker if you don't have some sort of registration from your home state."

So, in my non-legal mind, I would say that if you already have a sticker in your home state, you're good to go.

All street legal (plated) motorcycles are legal to ride on any roadway in CA, in addition to public trails in OHV areas managed by the State, Feds or BLM. However, if your bike doesn't meet the requirements of "street legal" in CA, you can still get a ticket for equipment violations.
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:07 AM   #11
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I'm planning to buy a smallish dual sport this spring, but I many be moving to CA this summer and I want to be sure that I can title it. I read somewhere that it is very difficult to title a DRZ 400e in CA, which is one of the bike's I'm looking at. I'm also looking at KTM 400/450 exc's. If I bring an out of state title (from Colorado) would that ensure that I can get a CA title? Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:15 AM   #12
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All street legal (plated) motorcycles are legal to ride on any roadway in CA, in addition to public trails in OHV areas managed by the State, Feds or BLM.
Not quite true. If you don't have a USFS approved spark arrester you won't be able to ride on some public trails and some OHV areas.

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I'm planning to buy a smallish dual sport this spring, but I many be moving to CA this summer and I want to be sure that I can title it. I read somewhere that it is very difficult to title a DRZ 400e in CA, which is one of the bike's I'm looking at. I'm also looking at KTM 400/450 exc's. If I bring an out of state title (from Colorado) would that ensure that I can get a CA title? Any advice would be appreciated.
If the bike was not originally designed for street use you're very unlikely to get it registered in California, regardless of what you were able to do in another state.

Why not get a KTM 530EXC designed to be registered on the street? A friend of mine has one of those with an extra set of supermoto wheels - the best of both worlds.
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:36 PM   #13
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Why not have both, there is no way that a plated dual sport will perform like a green stickered open class 2 stroke (60hp @ <230 lbs.) It does limit where you go, thats why the 2nd dirt bike should be plated.


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get a plated dirt or dual sport bike....easier to resell. you'll soon find out there are a lot of places you can ride if you have a license plate.

don't get stuck in a sand box.

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Old 02-11-2009, 12:45 PM   #14
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I would buy a bike that is either already plated in Cali with a current registration or a new bike capable of being plated in Cali - EPA and Cali emissions stickers. Trying to get a used unplated bike plated in Cali can be done if the bike was plated in the home state and has the stickers, but it will be more of a hassle. To the best of my knowledge the requirement for a plate in all states is pretty much the same (lights, turn signal, etc.) except for the Cali emissions sticker. Cali does have a rule that the lights must function for a period of time without the engine running, so the bike will definitely need a battery. All of the on road equipment will be checked at the time of registration if it is a new registration in Cali, and this can sometime present diffiuclties if the bike has been used off road since some of this stuff is pretty fragile. If you get a used plated bike in Cali it is a simple matter of just transferring ownership. I have never had the DMV even look at a vehicle transfered inside the state.

Riding a plated bike with current registration from another state as a visitor in Cali should not be a problem. People drive through the state all the time with out of state plates.
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:53 PM   #15
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Why not have both, there is no way that a plated dual sport will perform like a green stickered open class 2 stroke (60hp @ <230 lbs.) It does limit where you go, thats why the 2nd dirt bike should be plated.
wath 2 stroke you talking abouth 60hp ??
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